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SoundCheck: Tony Bennett, Donavon Frankenreiter, Young Jeezy, Grecian Urns, Galactic, Anonymous

Tony Bennett

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $68-$128. (727) 791-7400.

If Frank Sinatra is chairman of the board, surely Tony Bennett is the director next-in-charge when it comes to interpreting the Great American Songbook. The 83-year-old icon croons tunes with a swinging civility, immaculate dress and a warm, golden tone. And most fans will tell you Bennett's signature song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco (the ultimate for living room slow dances and dips), is done just as earnestly and delicately as it was 50 years ago.

Donavon Frankenreiter

With the Hip Abduction

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.50. (727) 895-3045.

Much like fellow wave chaser and friend Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter is a soft-rock daydreamer making music for endless summers. On cool-down anthems like It Don't Matter and Free, Frankenreiter's sandy, soulful vocals and unobtrusive guitar playing evoke laid-back salt living. Songs off his latest, Pass It Around, are touched up with horns for a beachy, '70s-soul sound.


With Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Infinite Groove Orchestra

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25.50. (813) 247-2555.

Shuffling nimbly through funk, jazz, hip-hop, rock and world music, Galactic sounds like New Orleans' answer to Medeski, Martin and Wood. During spacey original jams and grooved-out covers of Duke Ellington (Blue Pepper) and Black Sabbath songs (Sweet Leaf), these French Quarter funkmeisters (led by drummer Stanton Moore) show supreme musicianship without ever losing sight of the primary goal: giving fans reason to dance. If you're an Ybor City passer-by on Saturday, know they didn't move Mardi Gras to Seventh Avenue. It's just a Galactic show.

The Grecian Urns

With Kelli Debbs, Chris Tolan and Friends, Set and Setting

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6-$7. (813) 248-4969.

This young, Keats-loving family band from St. Petersburg crafts sing-songy folk about Spanish moss, soothing shores and the joys of Florida living. "Me and the siblings, we've got blood that's thick with sand," they sing. Whimsical, orchestral tunes and feathery harmonies recall the Decemberists, though the band's multi-instrumental abilities might also suggest Arcade Fire. Tampa songstress Kelli Debbs is a longing romantic with a versatile voice and an introspective folk-rock catalog.

Young Jeezy

Details: 11 a.m. Saturday. All-America High School Football Game halftime, Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $10. (888) 326-7297.

Hotlanta rapper Young Jeezy is a self-proclaimed "Donald Trump in a white tee" with a staggering groan. At a dial-up-Internet pace, Jeezy details his days as a drug trafficker, his love of blue Lamborghinis and his passion for Franck Muller wristwatches. So what makes him any different from the rest of the Southern rap pack? Jeezy's a bit of a smart a--. "A hundred grand on my wrist, yeah life sucks," he sings on Soul Survivor.


With Mike Mass, B.C. of Redtide, Dynasty, Samurai Shotgun

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-9500.

Thanks to a play-writing background and a love for underground hip-hop, Tampa's Christopher Nunez, a.k.a. Anonymous, rattles off image-heavy, wholly out-there wordplay: "I be the dirty messenger/ rat with wings/ send for her/ scroll up in the beak/ speak your piece non-sequitur/ Campbell Soup-rust-ridden-telecom-ethics-sir/ I vibrate the piece of twine till your life message blurs." When he's not "slingin' malapropisms," Nunez is a dramatic writing major at New York University. This homecoming event will also feature a live graffiti demonstration and break-dancing.

Times correspondent Carole Giambalvo can be reached at [email protected]

Also playing

Crossbreed: Fri. 8 p.m. With Paradigm, Attica, Ninety Minute Reflex, Dead Heroes, more. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10. (727) 843-0686.

Sean Delong: Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. (727) 736-0606.

Avast: Fri. 10 p.m. With Over Stars and Gutters, John Moreland and the Black Gold Band. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3-$4. (727) 898-6054.

John Lisi and Delta Funk: Sat. 9:30 p.m. Dave's Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 576-1091.

EOTO: Sat. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 895-3045.

Falling Awake: Sat. 7:30 p.m. With Screaming at the Silence, Verse, Nothing Promised, more. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $6-$8. (727) 532-0265.

Sean Chambers: Sat. 8 p.m. With Standback. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Aperture: Sat. 8 p.m. With Von Wolfe, Defy the Tides. Neptune's, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

Brass Mug Battle of the Bands: Sat. 8 p.m. Featuring Destined to Ruin, To the Gallows, more. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 972-8152.

Donna the Buffalo: Sun. 6 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

David Andrew Smith: Wed. 8 p.m. (Rock the Boat Kickoff Party) Blue Martini, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 874-1951.

Tay Dizm: Thur. 10 p.m. With Ryan Kendrick. Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-6606.

SoundCheck: Tony Bennett, Donavon Frankenreiter, Young Jeezy, Grecian Urns, Galactic, Anonymous 12/30/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 1:38pm]
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